"My CompuTrainer is my BEST training partner"
(Don't tell that to my running dog, Tank)
Lauren Jensen, Pro Triathlete
2004 Pro/Elite US National Champion - Long Course Triathlon
2003 Pro/Elite US National Champion - Duathlon
Who doesn't have limited training time? As a busy Mom, multi-sport coach, professional triathlete and physical therapist - I'm lucky when I bring the right bag with me each time I leave the house. My training has to be specific, focused and efficient. Computrainer allows me to capitalize on every second of my training.
Riding my Computrainer 3 days a week last winter enabled me to establish a phenomenal base. Even during the season, Computrainer allows me to engage in productive training sessions that allow me to perform at my best.
After 17 years of multi-sport racing with over ten years at the pro/elite level, I have reached a higher level by training with a Computrainer the past year. My only regret is that I did not get one sooner. Here are just a few ways I use my Computrainer:
Spin Scan: The Spin Scan feedback allows me to improve my pedal efficiency. I incorporate Spin Scan during every workout. Prior to owning a Computrainer, I was a Blockbuster junkie - renting movies just to get through what I considered to be boring but necessary base miles during the winter months in Wisconsin. Now with the feedback from the Spin Scan feature I stay motivated and achieve better results by engaging my brain while I train.
Flexibility: A frequent workout for me is what I call "napervals". These are intense intervals that I do while my son David (almost 3) takes his nap. After a good warm-up, I start a session of short intervals varying from one to five minutes, each followed by an easy recovery spin. I never know when David will wake up or how many napervals I will do. It makes it fun and somewhat challenging, especially on days he takes a longer snooze. By building in the rest intervals, I usually get at least a few minutes to cool-down when I hear him chatting through the baby monitor.
Leg Balance: Coming off an injury last November, Computrainer showed me that my left leg was doing only 40% of the work while my right leg was doing 60% of the load. With several months of biofeedback from Computrainer, I can now balance the power output between my two legs. Infact, the Computrainer was an integral part of my ability to overcome a 14-month long injury. By getting my left leg to do it's share, my right leg was no longer over-working and creating a chronic re-injury pattern.
Specific Course Practice: I have been able to practice the exact bike courses that I will be on. This has been a significant benefit in preparing both mentally and physically for key events. It is a huge advantage going into a race feeling like I have already been on the course several times.
Motivation: After riding a course, Computrainer allows me to save the results. A week or two later I "race" myself. We all strive to improve and become the best athletes that we can --- there is no stronger incentive than to race against yourself.
Measure of progress: Computrainer displays my wattage output and allows for several accurate test rides. I know exactly how much improvement I am making each week. It also gives me a quantitative way to know when I am too tired to make training progress and need more down time.
At age 36 I am reaching new levels in the sport. There is no doubt in my mind that Computrainer has been the main factor in my new success. I have always been focused and worked hard. Now with Computrainer, I have the tool to realize my full potential as a triathlete.